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Attorneys: Fatal soccer park shooting sparked by events more than 30 years earlier
Andre Niles, of the Hall County Marshal's Office, looks at evidence photos with Hall County Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance Tuesday afternoon in Hall County Superior court during the Saul Castillo murder trial. Castillo is charged with malice murder allegedly shooting Silverio Acosta, of Gainesville, at a Tadmore Park soccer game on Father's Day 2013.
Revenge for alleged wrongs more than 30 years ago in El Salvador led to a Father’s Day 2013 shooting at a Gainesville park, according to attorneys delivering opening statements Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court. Saul Castillo is charged with malice murder for allegedly shooting and killing Silverio Acosta, of Gainesville, after a June 16, 2013, soccer game at Tadmore Park. “This occurred on Father’s Day … when the defendant is there seeking revenge for something that happened to his father,” Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance said. Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin allowed Castillo to withdraw his guilty plea in July 2016 after his attorney was able to retrieve New York medical records.